NEENAH - The Minnesota Vikings almost got left out in the cold this weekend. Their usual Fox Valley hotel is all booked. So the team had to come up with new, last minute digs.
The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to fly into the Outagamie County Airport Friday, but anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Adrian Peterson or Christian Ponder, be warned, you can't see them there.
"Meet them somewhere else! Because when they're coming through, virtually, they're off the plane, on the bus within a matter of minutes, it's basically for their own protection and their wishes," said airport marketing manager Kim Sippola.
Then it's on to the hotel by police escort.
Typically, Packers' opponents rest their heads here at the Radisson Paper Valley in Appleton. However, The Director of Public Relations for the Vikings, Bob Hagan, tells FOX 11 there is not enough room for everyone at the Paper Valley this Friday. That's because there is a wrestling tournament in Kaukauna at the same time.
So Hagan said, some of the team's staff and guests will stay there, while the players will stay at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in Neenah. The atheletes will completely fill up the Riverwalk.
When asked if this change routine could affect the players' mindsets before the big game Hagan said it's unlikely. He told us the two hotels share management, so he expects the trip to go as smoothly as usual and said the Vikings will be well-rested and ready to take on the Pack come Saturday.
The Paper Valley is contracted to accommodate opposing teams, but Hagan says because of the playoff schedule the Paper Valley did not know ahead of time this game would fall on a Saturday.
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